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Ex Mattatoio: Former Slaughterhouse in Rome’s Testaccio District

mattatoio exterior of restored slaughterhouse building

To many visitors, One of Testaccio’s most unexpected landmarks is the ex Mattatoio – the old slaughterhouse. But this hulking, half-abandoned urban relics is exactly why Testaccio exists. The mattatoio was inaugurated in 1890, replacing the slaughterhouse that was located in Piazza del Popolo. As the population of Rome grew, it simply wasn’t prudent to […]

Mastro Papone Seafood in Testaccio Market

cozze e pecorino pasta with mussels

The first meal I ate after stepping off an overnight transatlantic flight was glorious. Fresh fettuccine smothered in an anchovy, bread crumb and tomato sauce that was topped with salty pecorino cheese. The pasta papone is the signature dish of the new Mastro Papone seafood stall in the bustling Testaccio Market.  Mercato di Testaccio is […]

Za’atar: Middle Eastern Cuisine in Rome’s Testaccio District

Update 2019: Unfortunately, Za’atar has closed permanently. When it comes to Roman food, Testaccio is without a doubt the neighborhood you want to be in. In many ways, Testaccio gave rise to some of Rome’s most beloved culinary traditions – particularly offal based dishes known as the quinto quarto (fifth quarter). While the neighborhood is […]

Trattoria Da Oio a Casa Mia in Testaccio, Rome

It is irresponsible to order gricia for lunch, and yet every time I find myself at Trattoria Da Oio a Casa Mia, I am powerless to resist. It arrives piled with pecorino and a dusting of black pepper applied with a heavy hand. The pasta is slicked with rendered fat from the crisped guanciale. It […]